It won’t be long until the water is in at the Golden Swimming Pool, and the Golden Dolphins Swim Club is gearing up for a great season.
“This will be an exciting year for the Golden Dolphins with so many new faces and challenges. Both Josh (Sorenson) and I are very thrilled to be coming back to the club and excited to provide these swimmers with an excellent program where they can be successful,” said Caprice Rosentreter, who will be back this year to coach the club with Sorenson.
Rosentroter has been with the Dolphins since 2014. She started her swimming career at age five in Lethbridge, and went on to compete with two local clubs, as well as the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Varsity Swim Team. During her time there she competed in various national meets and was voted in as Women’s Team Captain for her final year.
“I embarked on my career with the Golden Dolphins to help young athletes develop and explore themselves as a swimmer, and as an individual,” she said.
“I realized I wanted to make a larger impact by influencing a bigger and more prominent club in the BCSSA (BC Summer Swimming Association) program. Golden was that club that provided me with the opportunity and believed that I could take their club to a level that was competitive within the region and the province.”
At provincials that year the club obtained its very first gold medal in Dolphins history. The club then realized what could be done, and the following year they checked off several more high achievements.
“As I finished with the Golden Dolphins after my second year to pursue my teaching career, I felt that I had more to give to the club that has provided me with so much,” said Rosentroter. “I decided to become involved for a third season to continue to develop and encourage swimmers to pursue their dreams.”
For the 2017 season the coaches are expecting that their swimmers will continue to step up and perform well both at regionals and provincials.
“We are never surprised by young athletes and their ability to improve at a rapid rate, and are excited to see these swimmers surpass their own expectations.”
There may be challenges in terms of their very short training season at the pool, but the coaches have trained their swimmers to not see that as a disadvantage.
“I look forward to seeing the club progress even further this year with both Josh and I taking on the challenges of this upcoming season,” she added.